We get to hear a ton of great stories every single day about success and struggle that our students experience and we’re there to help in every way that we can. It’s the reason we started and built the organization in the first place and why so many great people on staff have joined our company over the last year.
Naturally, we do our very best to understand the ever-changing needs that our students have as they walk through the hyper-intense 12-week program. And although many have come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences there are a few common threads that tie many of them together.
In essence, here are a few top-level reasons why our students opted to make this a significant year both personally and professionally as it relates to code education:
1. A Career without the Cost
One of the number one reasons that inexperienced and experienced professionals alike have chosen The Iron Yard is that they all want an exciting career in software and technology without the astronomical (and growing) cost of a 4-year college degree or any advanced or secondary educational program.
It’s not conjecture nor hype: You can become a part of the growing technology field without going broke or without finding oneself under a difficult mountain of debt. Our program is competitively priced with many other organizations and we come in way under the potential costs of a university system’s financial overhead.
$10-$25k is the range of offerings available (as far as we know) instead of a “comparable” $50k-$200,000 dollar degree. Our students have come because they want that exciting career without the cost.
2. Time is Money
Very closely tied with the financial decision is the time required to finish the program and get that new career started. Instead of 2-4 years of school you can get your start in just 3 months. Many skeptics will argue (and will continue to argue) that this model is “impossible” and even “foolish” to consider and we don’t mind facing that criticism head-on.
But instead of providing statistics of high graduation rates, figures, and even job placement we’d rather just share stories from our alumni who have not just survived the program itself but are now thriving in full-time jobs where they are utilizing their new skills in the real.
It’s one of the reasons why we liberally publish our stories for others to read and consume because our intent is that potential students encounter and even reach out to our existing student population and ask the hard questions; the same ones that our current students wrestled with and overcame.
The time required is minimal in comparison to the many other alternatives and the idiom is really true in every sense of the words: Time is money and we want to get you in the field as soon as possible. It’s one of the top reasons why our students came to The Iron Yard.
3. Opportunities Abound
At some point our students came under the impression that the job market in software and technology is growing exponentially, regardless of whether they had any “hard” statistics to consider or refer to. They were right and the numbers are a bit frightening really: By 2020 there will be over 1,400,000 computing jobs available and only 400k qualified technical professionals to take them.
From an organizational standpoint, we simply cannot do enough to help close the gap between opportunity (e.g. jobs available) and people ready to fill them (e.g. our growing student body). We’d love to but we need all the help we can get (which is why we don’t mind the so-called “competition” in the slightest – we rejoice actually!).
What this means, though, is that our students came because they knew they were taking a tactical and thoughtfully calculated “risk” walking into an industry that was growing and that had room for them in the near-future. The jobs are available and with hard work, dedication, and a healthy dose of courage our students graduate into a field of opportunity.
They also know that every job market is increasingly becoming more dependent on computer and technological-savvy and this skill will make them real “players” in the near and long-term future. This competitiveness, if you will, makes them desirable in a world that rewards hard work.
With these three reasons our students decided to make 2015 the “Year of Code” and we can’t believe that we’re already half-way through the very first round of cohorts in every one of our locations. If we can help you make this year the year that you jump head-first into software and technology than we’d love to chat – enrollment is always open for those with the courage to commit to code.
How can we help you this year? Let’s make it happen!